Frequently Asked Questions


What type of work is eligible?

All photo-based work is eligible, be it film, digital, tintype, camera-less, etc.

How many photos may I submit?

You can submit as many images as you like. For each print you submit, you will receive one back from another photographer around the world. 

Can two photographers submit as one entry?

Yes, but if an image from your team is selected, only one print will be mailed out.

Is there a fee to submit?

Yes, there is a fee of $40 per print to participate. 

So if I pay the fee, do I get a print?

Yes. Photographers will both give and receive a print.

Do I have to pay for shipping and printing?

No, photographers are not responsible for shipping and printing fees.  Once the $40 fee has been paid, there are no other costs.

Is there a type of photograph that you will not accept? 

We accept all genres of photography except for nudes. We reserve the right to refund any submissions that do not fit our criteria for the swap. 

How does the exhibition judging work?

Print Swap photo editors and/or guest curator(s) judge the submissions. Winners are chosen and notified on an ongoing basis.

What size should my image be?

Your image should be 2400 px on the shortest side. 300dpi. 
Color space: RGB preferred
Color Profile: “Adobe RGB (1998)” is preferred.

If I upload my image and pay the fee, will my image be included on the Print Swap Instagram feed?

Maybe. We run around 7 images per day on our Instagram feed, but unfortunately this is not enough to include all of the submissions.  However, we are currently looking at other avenues that will enable us to show more of the inspiring photography we are seeing come through everyday.

What's the deal with the exhibitions?

We decided to organize exhibitions for selected, participating Print Swap photographers after numerous requests. The exhibitions are a way for us to showcase some of the inspiring images that are participating in the swap to audiences around the world. Our goal is 6 world-wide exhibitions in 2018!

I'm confused, do I still need to hashtag #thprintswap and wait to be selected?

You will no longer have to tag your images #theprintswap and wait for us to email you: you can now submit directly here.

Do I automatically get in the exhibition if I upload my high res image for The Print Swap?

Our judge(s) can usually only choose around 30 images for the exhibitions which means unfortunately not everyone will be selected.

Can I choose the print I receive in return?

Prints are mailed at random. We want you to be pleasantly surprised when you receive your print in the mail!

When will I get the print?

It should takes 4-5 weeks to receive the print once all of the winners have been chosen (depending upon where you live). However, we are working on making the turnaround time faster. Prints are mailed from the United States and the United Kingdom.

What if I don't like my print?

Due to the complicated nature of swapping hundreds of prints from photographers around the world, we cannot offer exchanges. But, hey, it may grow on you.

What if I don't receive my print?

Please get in touch with us at if you have not received your print and it has been 5 weeks.

What if my print is damaged in the mail.

Please let us know, and we will get another one out to you.

I have a question not listed here. How do I get in touch?

Have a look at our terms and conditions. If you still have a question, please email for more information. We are here to help during regular business hours and will try to answer your inquiries as soon as we can!